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Driver found in creek

July 3, 2014

Workers attach lines to a vehicle that landed in a ditch Wednesday morning following a collision with a dump truck in Cridersville. (Staff photos/Brittany Powell)

A driver was was found injured and partially under her vehicle in a creek following an accident at the intersection of National Road and Mudsock Road at 8:52 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, in Cridersville.

Driver Donna Lotz, 84, of Wapakoneta, was traveling northbound on Mudsock Road in a red 2004 Honda Accord when she failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a 1995 Mack dump truck traveling west on National Road.

The Honda overturned and came to rest in a creek. Lotz was ejected from her vehicle, which came to rest partially on top of her.

“Fortunately, there was a concrete block that the car came to rest on in the creek, which kept it from coming down on top of her,”  Lt. Scott Carrico, with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said.

He said she was conscious and communicating with paramedics at the scene.

Lotz was removed from the creek by first responders.

Both Lotz and the driver of the truck, David McDaniel, 48, of Elida, were transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center by Cridersville and Shawnee Township EMS.

Caricco said it appeared that the driver failed to yield at the stop sign on Mudsock Road to the oncoming dump truck.

“He swerved to attempt to avoid her, and, by swerving, he had a load of gravel, he went sideways, and the truck came over on the side and spilled the gravel out on the roadway,” Carrico said. “The manner of the collision just pushed her off the road, down into the creek.”

McDaniel was wearing his seat belt. Lotz was cited for no safety belt and a stop sign violation.

Cridersville Fire Department, Cridersville Police Department, Cridersville EMS and Shawnee Township Fire Department responded to the scene.

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